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Old 06-23-2013, 07:22 AM   #16
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We have had verandahs on 9/10 cruises.

That being said, we routinely sail with last minute discounted rates in the offseason. Since verandahs are the largest % of cabins, that's what we've wound up with. The upcoming cruises we have booked do not have verandahs. Unless a great deal comes out we will be sailing without. We use it when we have it, but I'd rather cruise more often.

On a short cruise I would rather spend the money elsewhere or save it for next time. I'd book it again for the Panama Canal cruise because 14 nights is a lot of time to take advantage!
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:34 AM   #17
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We did inside rooms for our first couple cruises. Then, we booked connecting verandahs. We'll never go back. I felt like I got SO much more out of the cruise. I would leave my door open and hear the ocean ALL night!! I could sit out on the verandah after I had to be in the room with a sleeping child and not feel like I was missing out.

$200? Heck yes. Take the upgrade!!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:48 AM   #18
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Right now we (Dd-16 & myself-Mom) have an 11A room booked for 1/17... for $200 more I can et a balcony.
DH says it is stupid to spend the extra money for just a quick weekend trip. Help!!!! Opinions, appreciated!!!
I had the same decision to make and I went for the 11 GTY category over a verandah. For several reasons:

1. We wanted to experience the magical porthole.

2. We are using the savings towards 2 great port adventures.

3. Its our first time cruising and I know we'll be exploring the ship more than in the room.

4. I was worried we'd be near smokers and not able to enjoy the verandah.

5. I'm traveling solo with 2 young boys and worried about access to the verandah when I was getting ready or showering.

6. I figured we could easily go to deck 4 to relax in a lounge chair and enjoy the sea air.

Hope my response helps with your decision.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:27 AM   #19
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We are going to be on the Magic....which is set up a little different than the Dream and Fantasy. My daughter will turn 17 two days before the cruise.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #20
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Guess I am looking for justification!! lol!!

We have stayed inside, oceanvew with large porthole & verandah!!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #21
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My DH gets easily "crowded" so we chose the verandah so that he would have a place to chill if he did get overwhelmed. It was so worth the extra expense for us...all three of us were out there a ton. Amazing views, peace and quiet and fresh air, we loved it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:43 AM   #22
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go for it!

After experiencing both options, I vowed never to cruise without a verandah again.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:57 AM   #23
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The real question is - if you don't get the veranda, what can you spend the $200 on?

Rebooking
Photo CDs cost that (or a little more) for a short cruise
Remy
Spa Treatment
Excursions
Jewelry
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Drinks/Smoothies
Arcade?
Palo

If it were a 7n cruise, I'd add the $200 for the veranda - but for anything shorter, I'd probably skip it. You're not in your room very much on the short cruises, and with a 16yo, there's no worries about being nearby for naptime. Unless you would prefer to sit on your veranda by yourself if your teen wants to spend tons of time in the Vibe, stick with the inside (which is more than enough room for 2!).
This is what I keep thinking!!! Although we have never been on the Magic and she is concerned about Vibe that weekend on the Magic. 1/17 sail date.
Right now we have stateroom 7563 (Cat. 11A) and it is midship and means she can go out the room and up the stairs or elevator to the Vibe quickly. I mean I guess that is $200.00 worth of souvenirs I can buy...or a piece of artwork in the gallery that has the Disney Magic on it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #24
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After more than 20 cruises, mostly Celebrity, we almost always have a verandah and we do utilize it a lot. Really love it BUT on that line smoking is not allowed on verandah, so it's clear breathing. This will be our first DCL cruise and we chose 8D with the large porthole simply because they do allow smoking on verandahs and we will not take the chance. We're already planning on our next DCL cruise and may try the Navigator's Verandah. Seems enclosed enough that smoke won't billow onto the verandah and into the room. Perhaps you can use the $200 to book your next cruise.

Good luck with your decision. From what I've read on the boards, you cannot go wrong with Disney!

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #25
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We have had verandahs on 9/10 cruises.

That being said, we routinely sail with last minute discounted rates in the offseason. Since verandahs are the largest % of cabins, that's what we've wound up with. The upcoming cruises we have booked do not have verandahs. Unless a great deal comes out we will be sailing without. We use it when we have it, but I'd rather cruise more often.

On a short cruise I would rather spend the money elsewhere or save it for next time. I'd book it again for the Panama Canal cruise because 14 nights is a lot of time to take advantage!
We booked a verandah, aft 6688 (love that room, well we actually had 6188 on the Dream), for our 7 night Eastern Caribbean for just my hubby and I, I know we will use it quite often.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:06 AM   #26
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We love having a veranda, but wife has a fear of veranda with the kids. Until she gets over her fear, we have been getting the largest cabin possible without a veranda. Our next FAntasy, we have a 8a.
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After more than 20 cruises, mostly Celebrity, we almost always have a verandah and we do utilize it a lot. Really love it BUT on that line smoking is not allowed on verandah, so it's clear breathing. This will be our first DCL cruise and we chose 8D with the large porthole simply because they do allow smoking on verandahs and we will not take the chance. We're already planning on our next DCL cruise and may try the Navigator's Verandah. Seems enclosed enough that smoke won't billow onto the verandah and into the room. Perhaps you can use the $200 to book your next cruise.

Good luck with your decision. From what I've read on the boards, you cannot go wrong with Disney!

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We just got off the Dream Thursday and we had 5 people in our party, so we booked 2 adjoining category 8C staterooms with the large porthole windows....they were great!! But I did miss that ocean air on my face. I cruised in category 6B in room 6188 in December 2011 and I loved it.

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:36 AM   #28
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We never pay the extra. It is not worth it because we are never in our room except to sleep.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:47 AM   #29
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Guess I am looking for justification!! lol!!

We have stayed inside, oceanvew with large porthole & verandah!!!
One thing I don't think I read in the thread was also, not only do you get a verandha, but you also get extra square footage with the upgrade in rooms, I think it goes from 178 to 256 sq ft. Not much, but that is a bonus, especially with 3 adults.
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We never pay the extra. It is not worth it because we are never in our room except to sleep.
So you think that my daughter 17 and myself will have enough room in a category 11A cabin on the Magic? I mean to get ready....are the bathrooms really tiny, basically just showering in there anyway, I always get ready in the room.
I just want that balcony, but $210 more is a piece of artwork, but I enjoy it during sail away.....docking.....at night...etc.,. I guess I could promise my hubby I just will not buy anything and get the balcony...LOL
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